Migratory species in trouble – COP-CMS 14 in Samarkand

U.N. Report Paints Dire Picture for Migratory Species In February, Director Jennifer Castner and staff of Biodiversity Research on Conservation Center (BRCC) traveled to Samarkand, Uzbekistan to participate in the 14th Conference of the Parties to the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species (COP-CMS) held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan from 12-17 February 2024. Migratory species—mammals,…

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Two years into Russia’s war in Ukraine

Two Years into Ukraine War: Experts Reflect on Environmental Casualties  February 24 marked the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the costs of which have been enormous. Focusing on environmental losses, editorial team members of our partner Ukraine War Environmental Consequences Work Group reflected on what they saw as the conflict’s most important…

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Volunteering opportunities

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Our volunteer fieldwork program is just getting started in our new geography. We try to connect intrepid, fit, and self-funded travelers with conservation fieldwork opportunities. Our partner scientists and conservationists are involved in raptor (eagles, owls, vulture) research in Kazakhstan. As we build our programs, other opportunities will become available in other parts of Eurasia.…

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Project focus: Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan ranks as the largest nation in Central Asia and the world’s largest landlocked country. It share borders with Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and the Caspian Sea. A land of deserts and plateaus stretching across the rolling tablelands of the Eurasian landmass, approximately 20 percent of Kazakhstan is mountainous, dotted by the Tien Shan,…

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